UA Ruhr New York Team
Gerhard was appointed Professor for Plant and Process Design at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University in 2005. His research focuses on the design of (bio)chemical processes with special interest in downstream processes like crystallization and centrifugal partition chromatography and on modul based plant design. Dr. Schembecker received several process innovation awards, has published about 140 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is named as inventor on 5 patents. Recently he co-founded the start-up companies inosim consulting, b.experts and b.value AG investing in startups in the field on industrial biotechnology. Dr. Schembecker holds various positions in advisory boards. Among others he is head of the scientific board of DDIC (Drug Delivery Innovation Center), a consortium performing precompetitive research and development on pharmaceutical technologies.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schembecker
President and Treasurer
Dr. Barbara Schneider
UA Ruhr NY Coordinator
Barbara is the Director of the International Office at TU Dortmund University. Her responsibilities include the coordination of the New York office from the German side. Prior to joining the International Office, Barbara worked in the American Studies Department where she was involved in the orientation program for students from North America. She wrote her dissertation on international education focusing on student exchange between the United States and Germany. For more details, see Barbara's page on the website of the International Office at TU Dortmund University.
Peter has been leading the New York office since 2014 and has supported and facilitated academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and a steadily growing network of partners in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining UA Ruhr, Peter was the Educational Liaison at the Goethe-Institut New York where he developed outreach and marketing strategies for positioning German programs in the US. Before that, he worked as lecturer for German Studies at Trinity College (CT). For more details, see his LinkedIn profile.
Florian Alexander Deckers
Florian is currently working on his dissertation project “Raising Ethnic Voices: Counter-Discourses in the Contemporary Cultural Scenes of New York City and L.A.” as a member of the UA Ruhr research group “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions.” In this project he analyzes how artists and activists (re)write a vision of American society in music, art, and literature, claiming the fastest growing minority’s right to the city. Before joining the research group, Florian studied American Studies as well as Literature and Media Practice at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2018, he earned his M.A. with a thesis on automobile advertising and its (re)construction and commodification of national images in the U.S. and Germany. His research interests include contemporary popular culture, transnational American studies, hip-hop studies, and urban studies.